121,000 demonstrators in France, in accordance with the Ministry of the Interior; greater than 210,000, in accordance with the CGT | EUROtoday

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Demonstration in Paris, May 1, 2024.

According to the Ministry of the Interior, 121,000 individuals demonstrated in France on Wednesday 1er May, on the event of International Workers' Day. The CGT has recognized greater than 210,000 demonstrators.

HAS Paristhe police headquarters counted 18,000 demonstrators, whereas the unions counted 50,000.

Tensions came about on the head of the demonstration procession. Shortly after departure, Place de la République, a “important pre-procession” of round 4,500 individuals was shaped. Among them have been “500 to 600 very radical elements” from “for a large part of them from the ultra-left movement”, declared the Paris police prefect, Laurent Nuñez, throughout a press briefing after the parade. Boulevard Beaumarchais, a number of store home windows and bus shelters have been broken and the police used tear gasoline. Other home windows have been tagged. At least one individual, wearing black, was injured throughout this episode and was evacuated by two different demonstrators

Calm then returned and the demonstration continued to progress in the direction of the Place de la Nation. But new tensions arose after Place de la Bastille. A van was partially set on hearth, in addition to trash cans. Other bus shelters have been broken. Stones and mortars have been thrown on the police, who once more used tear gasoline and intervened within the procession. Tensions once more arose through the dispersal of the procession, which arrived round 5 p.m. on the Place de la Nation. An injured protester was handled by firefighters.

At the tip of the afternoon, the Paris Police Prefecture reported forty-five arrests. In complete, 13 law enforcement officials and gendarmes have been injured, together with seven after being the goal of a “agricultural bomb”, added the police headquarters. All have been taken to hospital “relative urgency”.

Between 6,500 and 13,000 demonstrators in Lyon

Processions had beforehand set out all through the territory. The manifestation of Marseille gathered round 3,000 individuals, in accordance with the police, behind a banner proclaiming: “Mobilized for peace and social progress”. HAS Rennesthe demonstration attracted 1,400 demonstrators, in accordance with the prefecture, whereas in Nantes there have been between 4,000 and 5,000, famous a journalist from Agence France-Presse.

Violence broke out within the metropolis middle of Nantes through the demonstration which introduced collectively 3,500 individuals in accordance with the prefecture with harm to companies and tear gasoline pictures. HAS Lyon, the parade introduced collectively 13,000 demonstrators in accordance with the unions and 6,500 in accordance with the prefecture. Twenty-two individuals have been arrested on the finish of the procession, in accordance with the prefecture.

There have been additionally between 4,000 (unions) and 1,850 (prefecture) in Bordeaux or between 3,000 and eight,000 to Toulouse. HAS Lillethe procession introduced collectively between 2,100 (prefecture) and 4,000 individuals (CGT) and Strasbourg between 900 and three,000.

Glucksmann compelled to depart the parade in Saint-Etienne

In Saint-Etienne, the top of the checklist of the Socialist Party and Place publique, Raphaël Glucksmann, was prevented from becoming a member of the procession after paint was thrown and invectives from a couple of dozen activists. The MEP denounced these assaults which, in accordance with him, are “the result of months of hatred and slander cleverly orchestrated by the “rebellious” and others.”

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These accusations have been instantly rejected by the “rebels” who claimed to not have participated within the ousting of the socialist candidate. Especially for the reason that Young Communists (JC) of Loire broadcast a photograph on X of a banner with the inscription “Glucksmann clears” with a view to declare this motion.

“Raphaël Glucksmann, apologize!” »launched Jean-Luc Mélenchon on completely disapproved of the expulsion of Raphaël Glucksmann”regretting that this “ provided[sse] a media diversion against the 1er-May and a victim role for Glucksmann who takes advantage of it to (…) to accuse [La France insoumise] »

“Not a disunity”

On the union facet, unity remained fairly broad however, not like 2023, the place the eight most important French unions (CFDT, CGT, FO, CFE-CGC, CFTC, UNSA, Solidaires, FSU) marched collectively in opposition to pension reform, it there was no nationwide inter-professional slogan.

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The CGT, FSU and Solidaires, in addition to youth organizations together with the UNEF, the FAGE or the MNL (National High School Movement), had launched a joint attraction specifically “against austerity”, for employment and wages and even peace. The first French union, the CFDT, had for its half known as for “join the processions organized throughout France, to demand a more ambitious and more protective Europe for workers”.

“We can be united and continue to make common demands without necessarily being all, always, all the time together in the front square. So it’s not a disunity, it’s another way of making our demands”mentioned the quantity one of many CFDT, Marylise Léon, from Nancy.

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